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  1. #101
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    is it possible to update the first post so it can reflect the current status?

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    Hi there fellows,
    I write here with some some feature requests for a future release, assuming they aren't already in the pipeline. As a background, myself and a couple of work mates have 2 primative carpc setups installed in company vehicles (eeepc's to oem display with touch panels stuck on). The vehicles get a lot of use (we drive journos around the area with waiting between trips). Some of the chaps are quite fond of the features, we were originally using OM for the media player but we probably use Micks fronend more than anything else now (since we installed DAB radio). It's layout and general design is pretty perfect for old fellows like us. There have been however a few ideas over time - I'll attempt to get them all down for your consideration.

    1. A quick menu / drivers menu (you might call it an OEM style menu) - a menu with basic features but mainly displaying a clock, receive radio/media telemetry with scrolling RDS and basic quick functions and menus for multimedia (say select favorites/playlists, toggle radio/media player, select GPS / phone contacts). It wouldn't replace the main menu but would suppliment it - perhaps a sliding window transition via the touch screen when choosing between quick and main menu. The reason for the request - simplicity while driving (plus avoiding questions by police and passengers for example) - it would for the most part look oem. You might have it as an option linked to the GPS so when the vehicle is in motion it would timeout from the main menu into the quick menu as the default. I've attached a screen from one of other company cars that most of us agree is the one we'd like to see.\Name:  FG Frontend experiment2 - annoted.jpg
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    I've annoted one of the screens so hopefully it makes it a little clearer what I'm getting at. I forgot in my notes - the box on the bottom left showing radio band would alternatively display album art in mp3.

    Other ideas -
    2. A callendar / alarm selected by pressing the clock icon - clock could be used to schedule a radio station programme and jump to that station when a screen popup is pressed. Nothing worse when you're listening to MP3's on your way hope and miss the traffic report from a station you wouldn't otherwise listen to for the music (you know the ones). The callendar - linked the the alarm clock for reoccurring alarms and why not link it to the gps - distance travelled logged for things like scheduled servicing or filling lpg tanks ahead of time. It's nice to get a reminder if you're just borrowing a car.

    3. Context menu's linked to smart phone. Old smart phones are everywhere and could be a good alternative to hard wiring buttons (which are nice to have because they unclutter screens) and keyboard remotes. So you'd get a specific remote and menus appear on your smart phone depending which menu or application your using - see media controls in MP3 (and as a touch mouse to scroll through lists), choose favorites stations, change band and frequency keyboard for radio, keyboard for gps etc. I've seen android remote apps about but I'm not sure they can automatically and individually be chosen on a bluetooth signal.

    I could expand on further descriptions but I wouldn't want to waste anyones time if the current vision is going in a different direction. Think about it please, I don't believe anything else out there is doing it??
    Last edited by mspw; 09-15-2014 at 04:10 AM. Reason: a couple of typos

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    Hello MSPW. I think I get where you are going. And, for the most part, most of what you detail would actually not be very hard to implement in OM. Most of the info / controls are already there. Making a plugin for it would be relatively easy. Media controls, GPS data, weather data is all in there. HD Radio and DAB radio are all there. An internet connection would be required (at least occassionally) to get weather data.

    The skin look you posted / mocked up would not look the same with the base plugin as we would likely make it fit in with the rest of the default theme. However, the bulk of the layout (or the general idea) can be there.

    The Bluetooth aspect is not really implemented at this point. But a couple of us have an idea or two floating around about expanding OM in the future to incorporate Android and such. Still just in the early brainstorming phase.


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    Of course it can be done! You can make an entirely new MainMenu to replace our default one if you'd like. Everything that is displayed in OM is a plugin so you can replace and remake any part you'd like. Even the UI is a plugin.

    OM is programmed in C# .Net 4.0. So anything that can be done in C# .Net 4.0 can be done in OM. Plus OM exposes a ton of its own framework goodies!

    I'm bogged down with tons of work lately so I might not look at doing this anytime soon. Anyways, let us know what else we can help with.

    I won't expand on the "Other ideas" part so hopefully someone else can.
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    At the time I tapped out the above, my little one was busy climbing over me.

    I better clarify on the above because looking back there were a couple of points I could have conveyed a little better. My idea wasn't to replace the main menu, but to suppliment it - to have a simpler screen available while the foots on the pedal though not to sacrifice all the features the OM main menu has available.

    I peek at the C# courses online from time to time and sometimes the wife sees me. She's quick to offer suggestions if I'm feeling the tyranny of 'spare time', however your point hasn't been missed.
    Last edited by mspw; 09-17-2014 at 06:26 AM. Reason: typo

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    Okay, so detlion and I are in agreement. Easily done. We didn't mean to imply that you were wondering if "you" could make one ;-)

    As in my previous post, as time permits I will try to whip up a proof-of-concept plugin that does most of what you describe.

    Stay tuned!
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    Groovy, thanks fellas.

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